Three Things to consider from
Thing 1: Since pounding out 448 combined rushing yards against the
However, left guard
"We've been seeing a lot of defenders in the box," Incognito said. "Eight in the box, nine in the box. That's why I think the pass game has been going so well for us. If they're going to come up and fill the box on us, we're going to hit them with the pass. We've shown we can do that."
His first three
The past three weeks it has soared to .667 (64 of 96) with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Best of all, he has shown a great feel for when to check out of running plays and into safe, short passes.
"I think that's the most impressive thing about Tannehill," Incognito said, "is he's putting us in good situations and he's making a lot of checks at the line. It's very rare to see a rookie do it like that. He knows exactly what we want to do and when we want to do it. He's really been putting us in a good position."
When I asked Tannehill about that, he downplayed his run-to-pass checks and said it was more about run-to-run checks against the Rams. Incognito, however, was more willing to give the kid QB some credit.
"With that quick huddle, sometimes we just go up there and see what they're doing and kind of call the play from there," Incognito said. "It was a bunch [of checks]. A lot."
Thing 3: Even with Tannehill throwing 29 passes,
The NFL's leading receiver in terms of yardage wasn't officially targeted a single time, though he did draw an 11-yard pass-interference call (on
Another time in the second half Hartline was overthrown, but the Rams were whistled for a 15-yard penalty for (barely) striking Tannehill in the facemask.
Hartline was slowed by a quadriceps issue in practice last week. That, combined with tight coverage by veteran cornerback
"Listen, they had us out of rhythm," Philbin said when I asked what the Rams were doing to stop Hartline. "They mixed in their pressures well, they mixed in some bump coverage and some off coverage. We just never got in a position where we were real effective moving the football."